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Tomatoe Plants and Birds
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Teresa Recker    Posted 05-28-2002 at 17:29:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What can I do to keep the birds from eating my tomatoe plants?

BB    Posted 05-29-2002 at 04:43:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You can buy a light weight plastic netting material just for that purpose.
Or you can just pick them just as they begin to turn color. Birds get mine also, but only after they begin to turn red. I guess the color gets their attention. Mockingbirds are the main culprit here. I have read that tomatoes will ripen with no loss of flavor if you pick them just as they are beginning to turn.

Sammie    Posted 05-28-2002 at 18:28:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Haven't had trouble with my tomatoes but I did built a mobile "cage" out of chicken wire to go over my blackberries. Works just fine, lets the light in, birds out and light enough to move it when I need to, where I need to.

Hillbilly    Posted 05-28-2002 at 18:00:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have had trouble with blackbirds in the past and have had to put gallon containers of any kind with both ends cut out around the plants until they get started. This will also give them some protection from winds.

Les    Posted 05-28-2002 at 17:40:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never heard of such a thing. What kind of birds? Crows? Are they eating the plants? Developing tomatoes? Pulling them up? Are you sure it's birds?

Amanda    Posted 06-16-2004 at 16:04:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've just recently spotted a crow eating my basil and parsley plants! Crows seem to be a main culprit. Metal wiring has seemed to keep them away.

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